A new website template will help state government agencies build a web presence for less cost and with less red tape.

The SA.GOV.AU team in Service SA has built a template to ensure there is no need for each agency to procure design and hosting services or pay for infrastructure and business support.

The template provides a clean, simple and modern look and any website created in the future will be fully responsive on mobile devices and comply with security and accessibility standards.

Director of Service SA Sue-Ann Charlton said this new approach will reduce the burden on agencies which previously had to go out separately and buy all services related to building a web presence.

“All new corporate websites can now be created, maintained and supported in-house faster and more cheaply than before,” said Ms Charlton.

New websites will also deliver a seamless customer experience for citizens, no matter which government agency they need to interact with.

“Adopting a reusable template with consistent navigation will provide a better experience for users across multiple sites and set a consistent standard for corporate websites across government,” said Ms Charlton.

“Individual agencies can choose the features and colour palettes they want and use imagery to create a point of difference.”

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s website - the first one built using the template - is also integrated with the department’s document repository system which improves version control.

This initiative is one of the many achievements made by South Australian government agencies in the two years since Premier Jay Weatherill issued a Digital by Default Declaration.

Agencies have made significant progress towards digitally transforming their services. A full list of projects is available online.